[Ppnews] Omaha Two story: (Part 13) Bomb murder in Omaha is blamed on Black Panthers
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Mon Mar 28 15:36:31 EDT 2011
Omaha Patrolman Larry Minard killed in ambush bombing after 911 call
* By <http://www.examiner.com/user-richardsonreports>Michael
Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner
* March 28th, 2011 3:03 pm ET
Omaha Two story: Bomb murder
On Sunday night, August 17, 1970, a 29 year-old policeman,
Minard, Sr. was getting ready for work on the graveyard shift,
midnight to 8:a.m, at his home on Seward Street. The father of five
young children smiled as he looked at his presents from the kids
waiting for his upcoming 30th birthday in three days.
Forty blocks east on Seward, a disturbance was breaking out. It
started with name-calling and turned to fighting. Vandalism followed
and when police arrived at 11:15 p.m. a crowd of two dozen rushed the
cruisers with complaints of broken windows.
The responding officers decided to clear the street and a woman
yelled an obscene name. While attempting to arrest the woman,
patrolman James Musgrove was kicked in the groin. Another woman
kicked Musgrove's partner, George Dugan, in the groin. A third
policeman was hit in the head by the crowd.
While sirens blared on the Near North Side, things where still quiet
at the Minard home. After checking his uniform in the mirror and
heading for work, Larry's parting words to his wife Karen were,
"Don't worry about anything Momma."
Larry liked the "A" shift from midnight untill morning. The officers
he worked with all considered themselves the Marines of the police
force. Larry had wanted to be a policeman since he was a student at
Omaha's Technical High School.
Larry had tried to be a police officer soon after he left the
Navy. He first applied to become a state trooper but his application
was a day late so he applied with the Omaha Police Department and his
dream came true.
The squad car radio was chattering with traffic when Larry came on
duty. Five arrests were made from the melee and everyone was on alert.
At 2:07 a.m. the 911 call center received an anonymous call from a
man reporting a woman screaming at a vacant house on Ohio
Street. Four squad cars, each carrying two men, converged at 2867 Ohio.
Larry and Dennis Moran, his partner, were patrolling in another
district but sped to Ohio Street to serve as back-up. There had been
a number of rapes in the area recently and everyone was also on edge
from the trouble on Seward street.
After a quick search of the yard, the officers entered the open
vacant house stepping over a suitcase in the doorway. After
determining no one was in the empty house the officers began their exit.
Larry went over to the suitcase and bent over to examine it.
At 2:11 a.m. a blinding flash and deafening explosion instantly
killed Larry Minard, Sr. Larry's autopsy reported severe trauma to
the skull and body.
Back home the squawking of Larry's police scanner woke Karen and the
two oldest children. Carol, 11, and Larry, Jr. 9, were both standing
in the doorway when the police cars came with the bad news at about 2:30 a.m.
As an adult, Carol would tell the Omaha World-Herald about being
woken up that terrible night by the scanner, "It was going crazy
about an officer down. My mom, she just seemed to know."
The young widow would somberly tell the newspaper the next day she
had tried for two years to get Larry to quit police work. Karen
Minard said, "A policeman's wife never knows when he walks out the
door whether he will come back alive." Mrs. Minard also expressed
her heartfelt pain, "I just hope what happened wasn't in vain."
Karen remembered, "the first time he put on the uniform the look on
his face told it all." The new widow said about Larry's police work,
"This is what he really wanted."
The newspaper also interviewed Larry's brother, Terry Minard. Terry
remembered, "He wanted the kids to grow up to respect the law."
Larry's body lay in the blast rubble until 3:50 a.m. as police
scoured the crime scene searching for evidence. But before
twenty-four hours would pass, two law enforcement officials would
agree to withhold evidence on the identity of Larry's killer,
Assistant Chief of Police Glen W. Gates and Special Agent-in-Charge
Paul Young of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Young's agenda was to "destroy" the leadership of the Black Panthers
as ordered by
Edgar Hoover, the FBI director. Hoover had complained that Young was
not "imaginative" enough to get the job done under the mandate of
Hoover's clandestine counter-intelligence operation against the Black
Panthers targeted the group leadership for sometimes lethal attention.
Larry's tragic death would give Paul Young an opportunity to prove J.
Edgar Hoover had been wrong about his lack of imagination.
we Langa, then David Rice, were leaders of Omaha's Black Panther
affiliate called the National Committee to Combat Fascism. Both men
were targets of Paul Young and both were convicted of Larry Minard's
murder and are serving life sentences in the Nebraska State Penitentiary.
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa continue to deny any involvement in
the bomb murder.
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